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A liberal arts approach to music study

Undergraduate Program

Study music on an introductory, interdisciplinary, or an aesthetic basis

Music Courses

Opportunities to participate in performing ensembles


Music Courses

Choose from courses in performing and recording music, music theory, music history, and more.

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BA/MA Program

Get your BA and MA in Music Education or Ethnomusicology in 5 ½ to 6 years.

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Music Ensembles

Bring music to life by joining one of our River Campus instrumental or vocal ensembles.

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Concerts & Events

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Department Updates


Due to the COVID-19 precautions, PRACTICE ROOM access has changed!


IF you currently have web account (EMS) access to the practice rooms read this.

IF you don't have web account access to the practice rooms, see our lessons page for more information.



Visit the concerts page for schedules, programs and video or see/hear our concerts in real time >

Visit the Institute for Popular Music for information about lectures and events.


Did you Know?

Any student at Rochester can qualify to take classes and even join ensembles at Eastman.

The Music Department at Rochester takes a liberal arts approach to music study, emphasizing research and writing in addition to musical performance.

Students at Rochester examine a broad range of non-traditional, non-Western musical expressions.

Portrait of Arthur Satz (cropped).

Arthur Satz’s Impact

Establishing the Arthur Satz Department of Music

In 2020, former music major and influential arts education leader Arthur Satz ’51 bequeathed the largest-ever gift geared toward supporting the humanities at the University of Rochester. As a result, the Department of Music in the School of Arts & Sciences became the first named department in the school.

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UR Music

About Us

UR Music

Many people wonder why there is a music department on the River Campus, in addition to the University's Eastman School of Music in downtown Rochester. Partly it is because most of the students in taking classes in the Arthur Satz Department of Music are majoring in disciplines other than, or in addition to, music. Music enriches not only the educational experience of individual students, but the cultural climate of the River Campus as a whole. In any given year, as many as 30 percent of all students on campus take music classes or participate in its many ensembles.

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From those just learning to read music, to those interested in advanced studies in musicology, theory, conducting, management, performance, composition, or education.


Instrumental or vocal, rock or symphony, Rochester has an ensemble for almost anyone. Auditions for ensembles take place during the first week of school.

100 Years

100 years of music on the River Campus.

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